The Impact of Your Gift to the School of Nursing

Your gift to the Nursing Annual Fund is a meaningful way to invest in the School of Nursing as well as the overall future of health care. Through the Nursing Annual Fund, supporters can collectively demonstrate their support of the school by making an unrestricted annual gift. 

Our goal this year is to reach $435,000 in the Nursing Annual Fund to meet areas of need created by reduced state funding. To find out more about our fiscal year goals and priorities, please contact To review our 2014-2015 annual report, click here.


Our nursing research programs continue to deliver hands-on experiences for every undergraduate, nurturing their ability to create meaningful change through evidence-based practice. And students’ projects yield real results. One research team’s investigation into the effects of pre-surgical warming has actually changed UVA Health System protocols.

The Mary Morton Parsons Clinical Simulation Learning Center (CSLC) – an impressive 9,200 square foot high-tech lab that provides students and clinicians broad access to a realistic practice environment – is directly supported by the Nursing Annual Fund. In the CSLC, students immediately apply concepts, skills, and behaviors acquired in classroom and clinical practice. Nursing Annual Fund gifts enabled the purchase of a voice modulator for a high fidelity patient, nurse-programmed pocket thermometers, and defibrillation training cables.


Our newly established Aging Research Team earned a prestigious affiliation with the Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, as well as a grant to establish a community forum to address transitions in care. Their work is already making inroads in topics from caregiver malnutrition and stress to family quality of life for those struggling with dementia. 

Our interprofessional (IPE) hub – the Center for ASPIRE -- is one of three American sites chosen to host a Train the Trainer faculty development conference this fall, which will attract hundreds of medical and nursing faculty from across the country to UVA. Participants will learn how to establish, strengthen and assess their own interprofessional programs with lessons learned from UVA Nursing’s own top talent, a group of pioneers in the IPE movement. 



The School established the Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence Achievement (IDEA) initiative to shift the way we recruit, retain and nurture our wide variety of students while also amplifying the diversity of our faculty scholars and staff. Through workshops and advising, IDEA aims to boost the School’s inclusivity and diversity, as well as its healthy work and learning environments.


Last year, more than 400 at UVA took part in drop-in sessions, classes, conferences, retreats and workshops through our Compassionate Care Initiative, which offers programs to amplify the well-being of clinicians, students, faculty and staff. Research has repeatedly shown that resilience not only boosts clinicians’ well-being, collaboration and quality of care, it also sustains hospitals’ and clinics’ capacities in an era where burnout, staff turnover and compassion fatigue are more often the rule than the exception.


The Dean's Circle

Alumni, parents, and friends become members of the Nursing Dean’s Circle giving society when they make a transformational level donation within one of five recognition levels:

Executive Level $10,000+
Leadership Level $5,000+
Partnership Level $2,500+
Dean's Level $1,000+
Genesis Level
**for current students and undergraduate alumni from the past ten years  

Thank you for investing in the education of current and future students at the UVA School of Nursing!

We are grateful to the more than 1,500 individuals, families and organizations that made philanthropic contributions in fiscal year 2015. A consistent flux of annual support means more students graduate with lower debt loads; we are able to employ the best possible nursing faculty to teach and perform consequential research; and more patients are served, comforted, and healed every year. For more information on the Nursing Annual Fund, ways to give or to join the Dean's Circle, please contact Nicole Thomas or call 434.924.0084.

Thank You